I have a small problem–almost 100 books (okay, I admit, I counted, it’s 97) on a list titled ‘books to read.’ At one point not too long ago–perhaps a couple of months–this list was a manageable length. Maybe a dozen titles, tops.
But I kept finding more books (on blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.) that looked interesting. I stopped looking at my Goodreads recommendation page somewhere around 50. If I can stop finding new books that look so fascinating that I must read them, I could catch up. (Or stop finding a book series or seven that’s already 4 or 5 books in, so I must read them all. That really isn’t helping.)
I’ve been whittling down the list, picking up several books from the library at a time. I’m trying to keep my total number of books checked out under 20. Because I’ve had as many as 40, which is when I realized that there is such a thing as too many books. Or at least too many books to read in a 3 week period, especially if you can’t renew some of them.
Do you keep a to-read list? How many books do you have on it? Do you keep it in some kind of order?
I’m not particularly organized–I add books to the bottom of my list, and delete them when I check them out. I choose titles in a random fashion, trying not to pick too many of the same genre. Sometimes randomness thwarts me and I have several books about women rebelling against oppressive backgrounds, a bunch of science fiction, or a horde of books about the undead. (Braaiinnss!)
The list is nice in that I don’t have to worry about running out of things to read, but let’s be honest. I can go to the library and peruse the shelves and come out with three weeks worth of books without this list. So many books, so little time, is a popular book-lover’s complaint.
Soon, I promise, staring longingly at my to-read list, I’ll read you soon. (Yes, I admit I check the list a little too often. I want to read them all. Now. Such a feat isn’t even remotely possible, though.)
And I just found two more series that look interesting. Now my list is 104 books long. Sigh. You just can’t win.